The True Essence of Hanoi: Highlights & Hidden Gems

The True Essence of Hanoi: Highlights & Hidden Gems

Spoken in: English, Français, Vietnamese

( 104 reviews ) star City tour Hanoi 1 - 8 watch_later 3 hours
  • Explore the local streets of the Old Quarter
  • Visit one of the oldest temples in the city
  • Discover an old bookshop & its treasures
  • Enjoy a traditional treat: an egg coffee
  • Unveil the secrets of Hoa Lo Prison
  • Privately guided by your favorite local

You will meet here: Đồng Xuân

What you can expect

A labyrinth of ancient streets, bustling street vendors and buzzing motorbikes, may be the first impression of what Hanoi is like. But there’s more to discover! With the help of the locals, you’ve the unique chance to see the true essence and beauty of this exotic city!

Start your private tour with a stroll through the biggest market in the city. Take in the street vibe of vendors selling their variety of goods, from flowers to accessories and clothing. Follow your favorite local and weave through the Old Quarter’s 36 streets.

Walk down the narrow alleys and admire 13th century architecture. Visit the oldest temple in the city and follow your nose to Ta Hien Street, famous for its delicious street food. If you want to know what dishes you shouldn’t miss out on, just ask your private guide for recommendations!

It’s time to head through the labyrinthine of back alleys and discover some true hidden gems: a secret temple, an old bookstore with the oldest book in the city and a historical house where president Ho Chi Minh wrote the Declaration of Independence of Vietnam.

Peek into temples and traditional houses, hear the legend of the Hoàn Kiếm Lake and stroll around the French Quarter with its impressive Opera House and French colonial villas. When it comes to Trang Tien Street, you can't miss the oldest ice cream shop in Hanoi. With delicious and unique flavors, this place is a trademark among the locals.

Take a break like Hanoians do and enjoy a local egg coffee. Enjoy the good vibes at a traditional and beautiful old cafe with an amazing view of the Hoàn Kiếm Lake. Sit down, relax and enjoy the sounds of chirping birds.

Wrap up your private tour with a visit to the notorious Hoa Lo Prison, a place once used by French colonists to house political prisoners. Your local host can give you an overview of the prison culture and explain everything you are eager to know about!

This private tour offers you the best of both worlds: highlights you cannot miss, hidden gems that were hand-picked by our local guides and interesting stories to make this tour truly unique! The local hosts on your private tour can’t wait to share their unique insights with you. Remember, this tour can be customized to your wishes! Take a look at the videos and choose the local you like the most. Then get ready to enjoy the fabulous Hanoi, just like a local.

This is the plan

Meeting Point
Dong Xuan Market
Step 1
Have a look around the wholesale market
Step 2
Head into the centres oldest temple with a famous statue
Step 3
See the Old Quarters most famous street and what makes it so popular
Stop 4
Without even realising you will find yourself in a hidden temple that even locals don’t know about
Stop 5
Visit the house where Ho Chi Minh signed the declaration of independence
Stop 6
Go into Ngoc Son Temple otherwise known as ‘turtle temple’ - find out why!
Stop 7
Time for a break, do it on a rooftop cafe with a view of the lake with a cup of egg coffee
Stop 8
See Hanoi’s only Cathedral and get a look inside and admire the old architecture
Stop 9
Finish off the tour at the old French prison and gain understanding of Hanois tragic past
The host will leave you to further explore the prison or help you get back to your hotel

Feel free to personalize this offer with the host of your choice

City tour details

Private City tour
Mode of transport
Walking tour
3 hours
Nr. of guests
1 - 8 persons
Meeting point
Đồng Xuân
Guest pick-up
instant confirmation
  • checkFree cancellation up to 14 days before experience date
  • closeNo refunds within 14 days of experience date

What's included
checkPrivate guide
check1 non alcoholic drinks

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  • Experience the heart
    of the city

  • With the host of
    your choice

  • Private. Affordable.
    And 100% You.


How it works:

  1. 1 Choose the theme of your tour.
  2. 2 Pick your favorite local as your private guide.
  3. 3 Let your guide personalize anything you like.


Now you can enjoy the true heart of the city in the most personal and unique way.